Barry Docks Link Road safety work: New traffic signals to be switched on
1:50pm Thursday 18th October 2012 in News
WORK to install traffic signals at a notorious Barry accident spot - the scene of several fatal crashes - is due to be completed this week, with the lights operational from approximately 7am on Friday (October 19).
Essential testing of the lights, at the junction of Barry Docks Link Road, Coldbrook Road East and Argae Lane, will take place today (Thursday, October 18).
The scheme involved the construction and installation of new traffic islands, upgraded lighting, drainage and ducting, traffic signal equipment, new road signs and lining, and extensive resurfacing.
The lights will operate on the computerised MOVA signal control system, which uses vehicle sensors buried in the carriageway to optimise timings and improve traffic flow.
This scheme, promoted by the Vale Council, was supported and funded by a Road Safety Grant from the South East Wales Transport Alliance (Sewta).
Miles Punter, Council Director of Visible Services and Housing, said: “The primary benefits are to safely control traffic movements into and out of Coldbrook Road East and Argae Lane, whilst maintaining adequate traffic flows at the junction.
"The signals also provide for safe right turn manoeuvres out of Coldbrook Road East, thereby eliminating the need for vehicles to undertake illegal and dangerous u-turns on the Link Road."
Local ward member and council Leader, Cllr Neil Moore, said: “I would like to thank local residents and motorists for their patience in respect to the disruption caused by the temporary traffic management arrangements and safety measures.
"I am sure that this scheme will significantly enhance the safety of this vital route, so as to reduce the risk of serious accidents in the future.”